People who are charged with seditious conspiracy really aren’t in a position to make any demands, but Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes is doing that anyway. Rhodes is “offering” to testify before the January 6th House Select Committee–again–to tell them all he knows about the plot to prevent the certification of the 2020 Presidential election. But he’s also demanding they question him live on TV, and “not just on C-SPAN,” as if they’ve ever been accused of news fakery when all they do is literally point cameras at rooms and come back when things are over.
On the one hand, he probably thinks he’s doing the Select Committee a solid by giving them additional information, but on the other, he also said he “specifically wants to respond to what Rep Liz Cheney (R-WY) has been saying about the Oath Keepers” during the previously televised January 6th Committee hearings, according to CBS News’ Scott MacFarlane.Rhodes is known to have repeatedly tried to call Trump or get his aides to call him on Rhodes’s behalf on January 6th, but was rebuked every time.
Rhodes is scheduled for trial in seditious conspiracy criminal case later this year. He’s in pretrial detention …. near DC
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) July 8, 2022
Two members of the Oath Keepers militia have pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy charges, and they have both agreed to testify against Rhodes and implicate him as the creator of a seditious plot to keep Donald Trump in power.
The request comes as the Committee prepares for its next televised hearing set for Tuesday, July 12th, with the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys as its main focus. Rhodes allegedly wants to confront the Committee along with Rep. Cheney, and it’s unlikely arrangements could be made that quickly for Rhodes. However, his lawyer hopes it’s possible Rhodes could appear in a future hearing. Rhodes is unwilling to sit for another taped testimony because he doesn’t trust the Committee to air his comments in full or within the correct context.
New: Confirming that former Oath Keepers chief Stewart Rhodes has asked the Jan. 6 committee, through his lawyer, to testify publicly and in person at a forthcoming hearing.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) July 8, 2022
The panel was hearing closed-door testimony from former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone on Friday. It was not known if any information or clips from his interview will be shared during the next live broadcast on Tuesday.